Duets of Mohd Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar
This article is by Mr. Robin Bhat
Attached a fascinating spreadsheet on the subject, with thanks to all the anthology experts (primarily Mr. Ghanam’s book) for their unasked-for permission to replicate.
Without bias against any other singer, the Mohammed Rafi-Lata Mangeshkar duet is my favourite of that form of song.
Kishore, Hemant, Talat, Manna, Mukesh, Udit all have their classics here but the depth of song, the length of experience, the breadth of voice and the sweep of hfm history comes together nowhere as best in a duet as that of one from Rafi and Lata.
There is much in this file to discuss. Five music directors numerically account for over half of their duets.
From a personal favorites side, I rank the best as those from SJ, then KA, then LP, taking also into account the amount of investment they made in Rafi-Lata.
Though they were all mostly terrific songs, SDB had only about a dozen, RDB less than 20.
Duets of Mohd Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar
Duets of Mohd Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar with other singers